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Programming a PICAXE in Ubuntu (or most copies of Linux)

How to program a trusty PICAXE while running Ubuntu (or most Linux distributions)

Well, a small comment in the shoutbox caused several of my LMR buddies to download Ubuntu. Good choice, I like it! Here's a walkthrough to programming a PICAXE in it.


STEP  1) Download the Linux Axepad here- http://www.rev-ed.co.uk/software/linaxepad_100.tar.gz

STEP 2)  Extract the files to a folder on your desktop called "LinAXEPad" or whatever you want to call it.

STEP 3) To open the application, simply double click on the "LinAXEPad" executable file inside your folder. You can make a link to it by right clicking on it and clicking on "Make Link" and putting the link on your desktop.

HOWEVER: If you use a USB PICAXE cable (AXE027) then you need the drivers.

Step 4) Acess your harddrive. It should be called "Filesystem" by default. 

Step 5) Navigate to  /etc/udev/rules.d/  IMPORTANT:OPEN THE "rule.d" by RIGHT CLICKING ON IT AND SELECTING "OPEN AS ROOT" You will have to type your password.

Step 6) Your background of the window should be pink. If not, re-read step 5. Right click anywhere in the window and select


Step 7) Open the new file. A text editor should pop up. Simply paste the following:

# /etc/udev/rules.d/99-axe027.rules
# contains axe027 udev rule to patch default
# FTDI product id to AXE027 product id (0xbd90)
SYSFS{idProduct}=="bd90",  SYSFS{idVendor}=="0403", RUN+="/sbin/modprobe -q ftdi_sio product=0xbd90 vendor=0x0403"

Step 8) Save the document as


Step 9) Restart your computer to make the changes permanent.


Note: you can do step 5 in the terminal if you want. simply run:

sudo kwrite /etc/udev/rules.d/99-axe027.rules


AND THATS IT! If I made a mistake, tell me so I can change it.

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i dont know, i dont trust wine to work cuz it never does... but this is for picaxes. picaxe is just a little more open than Parallax, you know
couldn't you also run the stamp editor in Wine?